What to Know Before You Buy Your Child a Cell Phone

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What to Know Before You Buy Your Child a Cell Phone

When it comes the time to make that purchase of a first cell phone for your child can be difficult from determining if they are ready and finding the right phone. Learn more of what to know before you buy your child a cell phone with the tips below.

What to Know Before You Buy Your Child a Cell Phone

Are they ready?
Determine if they are ready for a cell phone and old enough to take responsibility of having one. If you feel they are ready for a device then that is the time to make a purchase.

Choose the Right Plan
No matter what plan option you choose make sure you know what you’re getting with that plan. You will need to determine how much they will use the phone and decide whether you want them to be on a contract, added to a family plan, no contract or prepaid phone before you buy. If you decide to sign on the dotted line make sure to read over the fine print and some things may or may not be covered on the phone and may require you to also buy insurance for the phone.

Safety Concerns
There are many safety concerns you need to take into consideration from bullying to giving out their number and information. Make sure you teach them the responsibilities of owning their phone and what they need to do to avoid these situations. Some phones even offer parental controls to keep track of this.

Picking Out the Phone
While they may want the most expensive phone just like their friends, you can actually find a cost-effective way to get more for your buck. I found a website called Trademore that offers a large variety of pre-owned devices at competitive prices. With Trademore you get a 30-point functional and cosmetic inspection and receive a 100% inspection score along with receiving your order quickly and free 2-day shipping.

The process was easy to find the right phone for my son’s first phone. We were able to scroll through the list of phones, get the details and search by carrier, brand and model name. You can even check the condition of the phone before you decide to buy. After selecting the phone you want, just place the order and wait for it to arrive. Easy-Peasy!

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  • J. Ivy Boyter
    July 24, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    That’s a really neat way to buy your kid a phone! My kids are still WAY TOO YOUNG for cell phones, but I like the idea of not buying them one of the brand new expensive phones that are out. Doesn’t matter how responsible they are, kids are kids … they’re still clumsy and not completely mature. I couldn’t imagine spending a crazy amount of money on a phone for a kid!

  • Kristi
    July 24, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Our kids first has to use some of our older phones before they were able to have a sort of new up to date one. They had to prove they could follow the rules.

  • Allison Cooper
    July 24, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    We are totally at this stage right now with our son and so many questions! This sounds like such a great way to make that first phone purchase.

  • Amy
    July 24, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    I think these are all great tips! I know my daughter also has interest in her own cell phone. I need to tell my mom about this service

  • Kathy
    July 24, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    My daughters are getting to the point of wanting cell phones now. I’m not ready for them to yet because I think they’re a bit to young yet. Maybe in the next year or two. These are some great tips though.

  • Bianca Dottin
    July 24, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    My daughter wants a cell phone. These are great tips!

  • Stacie
    July 24, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    I think Trademore sounds like a great way to get the kids that first phone and not spend an arm and a leg. I like the idea of going pre-owned, at least at first.

  • Reesa Lewandowski
    July 24, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    This is super timely for me. We are in the process of researching phones for my son!

  • Rachel
    July 24, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    I attended a seminar on safety and technology and decided which phone to buy my daughter from there. I really wanted ease of monitoring and tracking.

  • Jodi
    July 25, 2018 at 12:06 am

    My oldest has a phone, an iPhone. It’s a great phone but Apple is really hard to negotiate around with monitoring and tracking software. Android is definitely much easier maneuver around! When my other two are ready to get phones, I will make sure they are ones that are easier for me to track.

  • Dawn Lopez
    July 25, 2018 at 3:02 am

    With my son it was really hard to decide when to get him a phone. I wish I had these tips back then!


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